Resources and Tools

We are developing resources to support end users of cooling and heating to take steps towards net zero. Please contact us if you wish to suggest additional (non-commercial) materials to add.


Toolkit for small businesses

UK SME Business Climate Hub - Businesses of all sizes around the UK are being encouraged to commit to cutting carbon emissions to protect the planet. The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help provide toolkits to measure and reduce emissions and is encouraging businesses to make a carbon emission reduction pledge. Find out more here 

BSI (British Standards) Little Book of Net zero 


Industrial Cooling Toolkit from UNIDO

Technical training and guidance to companies and related government departments from UNIDO a global implementing agency of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to assist economies to transition toward energy efficient and climate friendly refrigerant (HFC) alternatives. 


Net zero and sustainability - policies


What does net zero mean?

UK action on climate change

Whole systems approaches to Net Zero 

Mandatory Climate-related Financial Disclosures (Feb 2022) 

Climate Change Committee report on Progress in Reducing Emissions (June 2021) 

Scottish Parliament Net Zero Plan

Welsh Path to Net Zero

Northern Ireland Net Zero

International commitments to net zero

Ethics of sustainability for professional engineers from the Engineering Council

European partnership for energy and environment policy briefs

How refrigeration contributes to UN sustainability goals

UK Government Industrial De-carbonisation Strategy 2021 


Sector-specific guidance


The Cold Store of 2050 (CCF) 

Retail sector roadmap

Building services sector advice

Cold storage and distribution sector advice

Heat pump sector advice

Refrigeration sector steps to energy efficiency from the Carbon Trust 

Steps to Net Zero Buildings from CIBSE 


Case Studies


IOR Papers Published April 2021

The Climate Change Agreement for Cold Stores: An Industry Working Together to Improve Energy Efficiency. Tom Southall, Cold Chain Federation

Towards a Net Zero Food Cold Chain. Judith Evans, London South Bank University and Toby Peters, University of Birmingham

Predictive Maintenance based on Performance Analysis using System Efficiency Index and Sub-Efficiencies is the future. Klas Berglöf, ClimaCheck

Energy Saving at Coldstore Doorways by Means of Specialist Air Curtains. Martin Craxton, Craxton Solutions

Efficient Cooling at the Heart of Low-Carbon Electrified Heat. John Hayes and K Stickney,  Erda Energy

Meeting Industry’s Increasing Sustainability Demands by Using Water as a Refrigerant. Garry Broadbent, Pure Thermal, Peter Kaden, Efficient Energy

How to Reduce the Cooling Demand in Office Buildings and Match the Machinery to Heat Pump Design Demand. Gert Nielsen, Xrgy As

River Source Heat Pumps for Residential and Commercial Heat Networks – a Case Study. Andy Pearson, Star Refrigeration

Booster Heat Pumps for Space Heating, Hot Water Heating and Process Heating from Geothermal Energy. Neil Hewitt, Mingjun Huang, Nik Shah, Ulster University

New R744 102m3/h transcritical compressor: Improving CO2 presence into large cooling and heating systems. M. Bonfanti, M. Dallai, F. Faralli, Officine Mario Dorin SpA

A Heat Recovery System for a Passive Ventilation Wind Tower. Daniel Marshall Cross, Free Running Buildings

UNIDO Energy Efficiency Case Studies 

Download a range of case studies from global projects 


Technology Briefs and Reports


Optimization, monitoring and maintenance of cooling technology - Kigali Knowledge Brief (2018) 

The Climate Action Pathway for Net Zero Cooling from The Carbon Trust (2021) 

UK Leadership on Sustainable Cooling Covid-19 to COP 26 from The Carbon Trust (2021) 

The Emerging Cold Economy (2015) from the Carbon Trust

Retail Refrigeration Roadmap from The Carbon Trust (2010) 

Shaping the Cold chain of the Future: The Road to Net Zero from the Cold Chain Federation (2021)